“It’s been a nightmare. My husband and I would have survived better had our house burned to the ground…or if we would have been robbed at gunpoint.”
This is what Minnesota-based Diane told “Today” when asked about the impact identity theft has had on her life. She went on to detail the pain this has caused her, from both a financial and emotional standpoint, and revealed that she believes her entire marriage crumbled as a result of the fraud perpetrated against her and her family.
Diane isn’t alone. Identity theft happens to millions of Americans annually, and that number has been increasing around 16 percent each year. Despite the overwhelming odds that our personal data may have already been stolen, many of us don’t know the first thing about identity theft.
Let’s change that by taking a closer look at what’s involved in the process.